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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Oct 2015 3:32 p.m. PST

Which boardgame for the Ancients period do you prefer?

coopman03 Oct 2015 3:38 p.m. PST

"Commands & Colors: Ancients" from GMT Games

Sysiphus03 Oct 2015 4:14 p.m. PST

"Sword of Rome" has been quite the back-stabber of late!

FABET0103 Oct 2015 4:16 p.m. PST

Always had a weak spot for SPI's "Punic Wars".

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2015 4:31 p.m. PST


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2015 5:16 p.m. PST

PRESTAGS or Bill Banks' Ancients. I also really like Decision Games' Ancient Battles series.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2015 6:08 p.m. PST

Enjoyed AH's "Alexander the Great" back when I was a young'un.

The Monstrous Jake03 Oct 2015 6:14 p.m. PST

Another vote for Bill Banks' Ancients and PRESTAGS.

If you squint a bit, One World by Metagaming might be considered ancients. Well, maybe not.

coopman03 Oct 2015 6:33 p.m. PST

Columbia Games' "Julius Caesar" seems to be well liked based on the reviews at boardgamegeek.

brucka03 Oct 2015 6:43 p.m. PST

Commands and Colors – particularly Expansion 1 Greeks/Persians/Successors.
Hellenes GMT is enjoyed by me son and I.
I really liked AH's Alexander the Great.

skippy000103 Oct 2015 7:23 p.m. PST

Deluxe Ancients, PRESTAGS(lost all the sets). Also AH Trireme and Roman Seas.

Chuckaroobob03 Oct 2015 8:10 p.m. PST

I always liked AH's "Caesar at Alesia."

Temporary like Achilles03 Oct 2015 9:07 p.m. PST

Pax Romana for grand strategic level, Lost Battles for simulation value, Commands & Colors for a brilliant game.

Martin Rapier03 Oct 2015 10:33 p.m. PST

Another vote for CnC Ancients, although we play it with toys…

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2015 10:49 p.m. PST

Another vote for Avalon Hill Battle of Alesia.

advocate04 Oct 2015 1:27 a.m. PST

'Ancients' is a long period already, and now we are asked to compare empire-building, strategic, grand-tactical and skirmish games within that?

Who asked this joker04 Oct 2015 5:36 a.m. PST

Bill Banks Ancients. He got it right when it came to stuffing as many battles into one box as he could. The new version by Victory Point deserves honorable mention but I have not played them.

John the OFM04 Oct 2015 7:44 a.m. PST

Ancient Conquest.
The combat results included "One smote".
Plus you got to carry off gods.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2015 7:57 a.m. PST

Ancient Conquest
Imperium Romanum
Clash of Arms "the Peloponnesian War"
SPI prestags: Chariot and Hoplite
Some of the Ancient S&T mags are good…"Hell hath no fury" for example
Boadicea (Against the odds)

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2015 8:27 a.m. PST

Just remembered …

AH's "Civilization"
MB's "Conquest of the Empire"

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2015 9:43 a.m. PST


Cmde Perry04 Oct 2015 10:29 a.m. PST

Alexander the Great

Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2015 2:44 p.m. PST

AH's Civilisation for fun.
Imperium Romanum I liked for the operational aspect
Bill Bank's Ancients for battles
I have Imperator and it looks great and may have the potential to be a favourite but have not found time to play it yet ;-(

Benvartok04 Oct 2015 3:21 p.m. PST

Conquest of Rome (Empire Games)

Britannia (old though I hear new is good)


Clays Russians04 Oct 2015 5:58 p.m. PST

Commands and colors ancients, all of it, best 240$ I ever spent !

TNE230004 Oct 2015 8:04 p.m. PST

AH Gladiator


Winston Smith04 Oct 2015 8:13 p.m. PST

SPI's The Conquerors. Great for setting up ancient miniatures campaigns with Alexander or Hannibal.

I sold mine at a flea market. The guy who bought it was so stunned to see it for sale he threw the money at me and fled the scene.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2015 9:02 p.m. PST

Avalon Hill:

"Caesar" (Alesia)
"Alexander" (Gaugamela)
"Circus Maximus"


"The Conquerors"

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2015 2:30 a.m. PST

Ahh….some good ones mentioned there! I agree, "The Conquerors" is great! Also, anyone remember "a mighty fortress"? (Not ancient, I know…)


Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2015 6:07 a.m. PST

Genesis: The Bronze Age
Sword of Rome

olicana05 Oct 2015 8:59 a.m. PST

For a single 'campaign' game I'd plumb for Hannibal Rome Vs Carthage. For battles, Commands and Colors because it such good simple fun to play.

vtsaogames05 Oct 2015 1:24 p.m. PST

Grand strategy: WRG's "Decline and Fall". It required 4 players (Roman, Hun, Vandal, Goth) and the Roman had to do simple bookkeeping. In practice that usually meant me. My cost-effective rule earned me the title "Pennius Pinchus". Every now and then I got to play the Huns – now that was fun.

vtsaogames05 Oct 2015 1:26 p.m. PST

A Mighty Fortress, a great teaching tool. I managed to organize two games. Each one stopped after midnight and we were maybe halfway through the game. But I now understand the situation in Europe in the early 1500's.

I hear tell due to the slow play it was nick-named a Mighty Tortoise.

steve186506 Oct 2015 3:48 p.m. PST

Siege of Jerusalem.

leidang09 Oct 2015 10:07 a.m. PST


Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2015 9:29 p.m. PST

Actually, I had forgotten Hannibal Rome Vs Carthage. I have it and played it a lot in the 1990s.

Wombling Free10 Oct 2015 7:20 a.m. PST

I'm partial to GMT's 'Great Battles of History' series, especially Chandragupta and Chariots of Fire.

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